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READ: White House Coronavirus Task Force Report Says Cases And Test Positivity Rates Continue To Increase In Iowa

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Gov. Reynolds says she will launch a public relations campaign to encourage Iowans to take precautions against COVID-19 as cases and hospitalizations spike in the state.

The newest White House Coronavirus Task Force report says nearly all of Iowa's counties have moderate to high levels of community spread. This comes as the state continues to see record levels of new cases and hospitalizations.

The newest White House Coronavirus Task Force report has found Iowa continues to see increases in new COVID-19 cases and test positivity rates.

The report is dated Sunday and was obtained by ABC News on Tuesday.

It says Iowa had the sixth-highest rate of new cases and the fifth-highest test positivity rate last week, placing it in the red zone in both these categories.

Ninety-nine percent of counties have moderate to high levels of community spread.

The report recommends the state change its strategy to increase asymptomatic testing, saying the state’s testing results currently indicate there is minimal asymptomatic testing.

It also says Iowans should not gather with people outside their immediate household until cases and positivity rates significantly drop. And that Iowans should always wear a mask in public spaces.